Free Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Course


If you are searching for a simple and easy to understand bitcoin and cryptocurrency course, then this is it! Designed and developed by the young talented folks of University of California, Berkeley - the instructors come equipped with not only being certified but also carry real-life bitcoin and blockchain project experiences. This online self-paced course is  easy to understand as it is written in English with  precise videos to enhance your learning experience. Many companies in the world are now looking for professionals with bitcoin and cryptocurrency knowledge. Impress them with a cert from University of California, Berkeley.

What you will learn

  • Basic properties of bitcoin
  • What are cryptographic hash functions, bitcoin Script, privacy, and hash commitment schemes
  • How did it all begin in the Cypherpunk movement and Libertarian ideals
  • Practical applications of bitcoin
  • What is a bitcoin wallet
  • How bitcoin and other crypto mining works
  • Can bitcoins be destroyed?
  • What are network attacks
  • Some of the malicious mining tactics
  • Brief overview of Ethereum blockchain & ERC-20 protocol
  • How is blockchain used outside of crypto


Anyone can enroll in this course. NO prior background in bitcoin, computer science or programming is required.

  • Online, Self-paced
  • 6 Weeks. 3-5 hrs p/week
  • Level: Introductory
  • Language: English
  • Videos: Yes
  • Cost: FREE

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This course is self-paced and covers 7-main sections. Students are encouraged to complete this course in 6-weeks (3-5 hours p/week).

  • Introduction: Welcome to the course
  • Bitcoin Protocol & Consensus: A High Level Overview
  • Blockchain History: From the Cypherpunk Movement to JP Morgan Chase
  • Bitcoin Mechanics & Optimization: A Technical Overview
  • Bitcoin in Real Life: Wallet Mechanics, Mining & More
  • Game Theory & Network Attacks: How to Destroy Bitcoin
  • Ethereum & Smart Contracts: Enabling a Decentralized Future
  • The End

Course developed by

University of California, Berkeley - US

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Your instructors

Rustie Lin

Lead Instructor, University of California, Berkeley

Rustie Lin is an undergraduate Computer Science student at the University of California, Berkeley, and is Blockchain at Berkeley’s edX team lead. Rustie has lectured for the Blockchain Fundamentals course offered at UC Berkeley, as well as given talks and workshops internationally. Rustie has also helped to develop blockchain PoCs for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Rustie’s primary interests are in mobile and distributed systems, consensus protocols, computer networks and architecture, and education.


Mengyi (Gloria) Wang

Instructor, University of California, BerkeleyX

Gloria is an undergraduate in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Computer Science and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Before entering the blockchain space, she was an intern at Bain & Company. With the help and guidance of the Blockchain at Berkeley community, she quickly gained knowledge in the cryptocurrency space and has since then been a discussion leader for the Blockchain Fundamentals course at UC Berkeley. She was also a scholarship recipient for the Programming Blockchain seminar taught by Jimmy Song. Gloria’s primary interests in blockchain are use case theory, distributed systems, and Bitcoin mechanics.


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NOTE: Blockchain Academy Plt. is in partnership with University of California, Berkeley via edX. Enrolling into the course is free. However, if you decide to upgrade, we may receive a commission from the university.